How Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners Started…
In 2008, Angie Chang brought Girl Geek Dinners to the San Francisco Bay Area – asking Google to sponsor the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008. The kickoff event hosted over 400 girl geeks at Google’s headquarters with girl geek speakers including computer science professor at Mills, a venture capitalist, a Google executive in user experience, a seasoned developer, an entrepreneur, a CEO. Dinner, drinks and schwag were enjoyed by all. After getting the company she worked at to sponsor a dinner, Sukrutha Bhadouria joined Angie to help organize the dinners as they grow in popularity – and they’ve been a successful team ever since!
Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by over 120 companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Genentech, UC Berkeley, Microsoft, Salesforce, Groupon, and more.
Mission & Values of Bay area Girl Geek Dinners
Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners welcomes a variety of women in technology, from engineering to product. We welcome women to break the mold and surprise us. Job titles evolve much like the technologies and times. Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners heartily welcome women in the company to speak onstage about their jobs and passions, sharing ideas and technologies onstage. Offstage, we share best practices for achieving work life balance and continually inspire each other to achieve more together.
The mission of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners is to connect women in technology, entrepreneurship and business. We are curious, warm, and driven by a desire to succeed. A career trajectory is seldom linear predictable. We can forge our best path by staying connected with each other and technology as it evolves, and our businesses and companies grow with it. This gives us the best chance at being the engineering leaders at these companies, leading our teams like pioneers on a frontier. As leaders, women become the much-needed role models for women earlier in their careers, and young girls as well.
What It Takes Your Company To Host A Girl Geek Dinner
The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.
Angie Chang (Founder)
Angie started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in 2006. During the day, she works at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women. In 2006, Angie co-founded Women 2.0, a media company promoting female entrepreneurship, where she was editor-in-chief. She has held roles at tech companies (eg. web producer, PM). Angie earned her B.A. in English & Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She was named in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”, and recently was featured on Ivanka Trump’s #WomenWhoWork campaign. Follow her on Twitter @thisgirlangie.
Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director)
Sukrutha is the Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners. After earning her M.S. in Electric Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Salesforce. Sukrutha is involved in Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time, and she is passionate about technology, gender diversity, and engineering leadership. In 2014, Sukrutha was named in Business Insider’s list of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech”. Follow her on Twitter @sukruthasays.
The Women Behind Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners
Here is a story testifying to the power of uniting girl geeks over dinner
Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner organizers Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria and Angie Chang were catching up over dinner in San Francisco with Dara Oke, an Austin-based programmer who is also a photographer. Dara and Sukrutha previously met on a sf.girls panel to inspire local girls to pursue technology. Dara was then Twitter’s first black female engineering intern, and Sukrutha is a currently senior member of technical staff at Salesforce.
At dinner, we were discussing headshots and Dara mentioned she had her camera with her on the trip, and tomorrow she could help with headshots. Angie was raving as usual about the beauty of California Street and the need for more professional headshots of women in tech.
So this happened the next morning in San Francisco (January 2015) — a girl geek photoshoot by Dara Oke —
Girl Geek: Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria, Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners.
The Women Behind Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners: Angie Chang, Founder, and Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria, Managing Director, host Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners.
More pictures are here.
Photo credit: Dara Oke – programmer, photographer and Austin-based girl geek!
Check out more of her photography at http://www.love-dara.com (tip: she does engagement photos!)
Hackbright Academy (Sponsor)
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